e-Culture Working Group Session
Chair :
Faridah Noor Mohd Noor (faridahn AT um.edu.my)
Co-Chairs :
Goo, Boncheol (mgtech AT kaist.ac.kr),
Andrew Howard (andrew.howard AT anu.edu.au)
Members :
eCulture mailing list, all presenters and attendees of past eCulture BoF and WG meetings
Objectives :
eCulture is an interdisciplinary collaboration that is connected to other APAN contents. Areas covered contribute to the betterment of humankind and include culture, contemporary politics, economics and social issues. It calls for participation from the academy, industry and government to discuss eCulture activities with the purpose of sharing cultural content and knowledge to promote exchange and archive past and present tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Target Audience :
Culture enthusiasts, museum curators and developers, digital archival experts, educators, librarians, anthropologists, historians, e-learning and cultural content developers, performers (dance, song, musical, theatre, etc.) and cultural industries.
Expected Number of Participants :
Agenda :
Session 1: 09:00 - 10.30
Chairperson: Andrew Howard
  • Opening remarks - Faridah Noor, Chair
  • Topic: Collaborations, Networks and eCommunities
    1. Paper 1:
      "Towards International Cooperation and Capacity Building between Space Agencies: A Case of GISTDA and NSPO" - Slides
      by Pirada Techavijit and Ravit Sachasiri GISTA, THAILAND.
      Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) firmly believes in the synergy of international cooperation and capacity building and is always on a quest to build knowledge partners. GISTDA and the National Space Organization (NSPO) is currently in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In parallel to signing the MOU, several coordinated activities had already been initiated. The paper shall discuss the entire project plans, the different phases with major concentration on the e-aspect of the cooperation. Online training, remote system management and satellite data transfer over the REN for emergency and educational purposes are but a few of the areas covered in this MOU. The paper shall also set precedent for future cooperation between international agencies and discuss how cost saving is achieved with the application of communication technologies.
    2. Paper 2:
      "Healthcare Information Network Testbed through Content Centric Network: A Prototype" - Slides
      by Prasertak U-Aroon, Panjai Tantatsanawong, Ph.D Silpakorn University Nakornpathom, THAILAND.
      Healthcare and hospital are the most complex service systems.  There are three often conflicting dimensions including: clinical data (patient record, medical data), operational, and Financial.  Recently we worked on a data processing system for managing and exchanging patient records that are distributed in various hospitals under the medical cloud via the dedicated bandwidth network, namely, the dynamics circuit network (DCN).  However, this approach needs the specific devices and complexity for maintenance. Currently, a new approach for networking that enables the communication to happen by the means of content instead the location called the Content-Centric networking (CCN), which seems to be more beneficial as it reduces congestion and latency and is able to support new and emerging applications on mobile and wireless facilities.  This paper is a proof of concept in designing a model of Medical network under the Information Centric Network, that is, a Network that is ad-hoc, flexible, reliable, and simple to use under the CCN concept. Advantages for the ecommunity as a result of this network will be discussed.
    3. Paper 3:
      "Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries"
      by Alluri Venkata Nagavarma, D.N.R College, INDIA
  • Topic: Digital Heritage and Archive
    1. Paper 4:
      "The Study on Ancient Cultures in the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) and Malay Peninsula" - Slides
      by Surat Letlum - Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Panjai Tantassanawong - Silpakorn University, THAILAND and Im Sokrithy, - APSARA Authority, CAMBODIA
      The objective of this study is to conduct a study on the ancient culture and society along the north-south and east-west cultural corridors in Thailand and neighboring countries. The purpose of selecting GMS and Malay Peninsula as the study area along the north-south and east-west cultural corridor is to be able to conduct the research in parallel tracks. Then results from each corridor will be compared and analyzed to identify the relationship between the cultures of these corridors in order to reach the conclusion of this study. The methodology of this study is multi-disciplinary approach that has been demonstrated since the beginning of our research by utilizing archaeology together with geo-informatics and information technologies. The main topics of this study include: the study on ancient roads, the study on the relation of ancient sites in the region, the study on ancient metal industry, and the development in information technologies such as 3D modeling and multi-media information portal system, etc. The results from this study yield the information that can be utilized to demonstrate the relationship of the local culture from of the past to near present from the archaeological evidence together with the results from area-based study. The broader view the regional relationship can be identified along the north-south and east-west cultural corridors. The development and expansion of culture in the regional level can be demonstrated in terms of communication, industries, etc. by utilizing information technology as the tool. In addition, this study demonstrates the study without boundary among researchers in Asia.

Session 2: 11:00 - 12:00
Chairperson: BY Goo
  • Topic: Digital Heritage and Archive
    1. Paper 5:
      "ADAP: Ayutthaya Digital Archive Project: The Online Cultural Database of Thailand" - Slides
      by Prachya Chalermwat - Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, and Pongdhan Sampaongern - Fine Arts Department, THAILAND.
      ADAP is a demonstration system that has been developed to archive all available cultural information related to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Thailand. ADAP has made it possible for all scholars to access to the information that once was only available in the form of old books, text books, prints, and maps that were not easy to have the access. ADAP is a multi-media portal system that contains various forms of information related to Ayutthaya, such as e-books, old maps, GIS databases, time line database, as well as WIKI of related information about Ayutthaya from the past to near present day. During Ayutthaya period, there were valuable arts and cultures that are now not exist in today Thailand’s society. With the development of ADAP, it made these valuable arts and cultures available again in digital world. We hope that ADAP can bring back these valuable properties into society for the new generation to learn about their past to improve their future. This development was a jointed collaboration of Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department, and funding supported by the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand.
    2. Paper 6:
      "GDAP: Geo-Spatial Digital Archive Project - The Online Geo-Spatial Database for Thailand and Southeast Asia" - Slides
      by Supachai Srihom and Vinut Intarasuwan, Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, THAILAND.
      GDAP is a demonstration system that has been developed to serve as a digital archive to store geo-spatial information of the Southeast Asia. It is now available online for all users to access without any cost. The archive includes old aerial photos (Williams-Hunt Collect), maps, and satellite images. The users can select the data in various ways. Until now, more than 100,000 accesses have been accomplished. The applications of the data from this archive vary from cultural study to environmental study. GDAP makes it possible for scholars to access to the data that was once difficult or impossible to access. The system was developed by utilizing open source software as the backbone of the system together with the integration of customized software developed for this system. This development was a joint collaboration of Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Kyoto University and the University of London with funding supported by the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand.
    3. Paper 7:
      "Digital Heritage: What do we learn when we digitize everything?"
      by Hal Thwaites, Multimedia University, MALAYSIA.
      Current research into the representation of digital heritage (historical/cultural content) via cyber technology and multimedia is rapidly progressing worldwide. At this juncture in time technological tools and urgency to preserve heritage content and sites have collided to push this field forward. What impact will it have when we digitize everything? This paper presents an introduction of the Malaysian Culture and Heritage Digital Bank project and discusses the information impact of Digital Heritage (DH) on culturally different mass audiences. The emphasis of this research is placed on the users, the receivers, of Digital Heritage content; what is happening to the person who perceives such information in a real 3D space like a landscape, or in a confined space, or in a substituted space (museum, exhibition gallery, virtual reality, multimedia document, website) and the resulting feedback of this information which plays a role in the user’s mind. A classification of themes is presented vis-à-vis cultural groups and the notion of "eternal themes" is introduced. The impact of form and content of DH projects is discussed as possible positive or negative interventions.

12:00 - 12:30 eCulture WG Meeting
Chairperson: Faridah Noor Mohd Noor
  • Updates by Heads of Taskforce teams
    1. eCulture Database and Website - Faridah Noor and Jeffrey Campbell
    2. eCulture Performance Taskforce - Cyber Performance post-mortem and technical meeting - DY Kim, BuSeong Cho, BC Goo and Andrew Howard
      The eCulture Working Group has undertaken a long-term initiative to carry out cyber performances organized by the e-Culture Performance Taskforce. This taskforce is spearheaded by Professor Dae Young Kim, Chairman of APAN Board. It is assumed that a cyber performance at any APAN Meetings will be on the provision that the site can support its technical requirements. Ideas to begin this project were initiated at the 31st APAN Meetings held at Hong Kong in February 2011. Following a short presentation from KAIST, Daejeong, Korea to New Delhi, India, at the 32nd APAN Meetings in August 2011, discussions for this cyber performance were held. This particular cyber performance comprises live dance performances accompanied by music and participation of artists, musicians and organizations from three different continents: Asia, Europe and South America. From the technical aspect, live interaction of dancers will be from three endpoints, namely, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Barcelona (Spain) and Salvador (Brazil). This taskforce hopes to continuously improvise and improve on a working infrastructure that can support video application requirements for transmission of live cyber performance in HD audio and video streams. The eCulture WG looks forward to future artistic and technical global collaboration of cyber performances at the future APAN Meetings.
    3. Planning for 34th APAN Meeting
    4. Other matters
Remarks :
Please arrange for
  1. Video Conference Facility
  2. Classroom-style seating arrangement (with connections to internet and power supply for lab tops)
  3. Sound system for demos and videos

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